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Research into the embryo: do you find that right?

Published on 08/27/2013 in Press releases


Wednesday 5 December 2012

With the Senate voting on the sly for research into the human embryo, the Jérôme Lejeune is launching an awareness-raising campaign.

Next step: debate at the National Assembly.

During a nocturnal session, last night, the Senate adopted a draft law by the RDSE group "authorising research into the human embryo and human embryo stem cells".  Opponents to the draft fought bitterly to the end concerning the presentation and the content.

First of all, the presentation because the draft was examined after 10 PM although the agenda already planned it for 13 December during the day, one week ago.

This examination on the sly is all the more difficult to understand since the bioethics law "relieved" of a "central provision" was voted through just 18 months ago following wide reaching General Debate. Beyond the steps banning and obligations to use the process of popular consulting, "participative democracy" itself is disconcerted.

Then, on the content, because neither ethics nor science justify this authorisation. It represents a fundamental upheaval, running against the tide of the breakthroughs achieved in research into non-embryo stem cells, figure-headed by Pr Yamanaka, Nobel medicine prize winner, the man who discovered iPS cells. In short, the more the scientific and ethic alternative gains a foothold worldwide, the more the French parliament wants to liberalise conditions for research into the embryo.

The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation is initiating an awareness-raising campaign to counter this "confiscated" debate.

The platform of the movement is the website, put online yesterday, presenting:

  • a series of announcements made in 4 of the weeklies 
  • (Le Figaro Magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, Télé Obs and Famille Chrétienne)
  • keys to understanding the debate
  • an online petition against human embryo research

The conclusion: tomorrow, animal embryos will be better protected than human embryos. Sensitivity regarding the environmental cause unfortunately emphasises the unlikely paradox between the determined and consensual protection of the animal and the lack of interest, even hostility, regarding the defence of the human being.

As far from taking a stand against these battles, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation intends to reposition its message at the dawning of this unbridled action in favour of environmental protection: the end does not justify the means.

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